Grateful Dead Hour no. 1613

August 18th, 2019

Week of August 19, 2019

Part 1 20:39
Dead & Company 6/7/19 The Gorge, George WA
IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE ROSES->
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Part 2 34:15
Grateful Dead 8/20/80 Uptown Theatre, Chicago IL
BIG RAILROAD BLUES->
LOOKS LIKE RAIN
FAR FROM ME
LET IT GROW->
DEAL

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Elvis Costello & The Imposters perform on October 29 and 30. Costello’s tour is entitled, “Just Trust” in answer to the questions: “Will they play my favorite song?” or, “Can I expect the hits of yesteryear and those of tomorrow?” To which The Cap says: Just Trust Elvis Costello and The Imposters. Then it’s Phil-o-Ween with Phil Lesh & Friends on October 31st and November 1st and 2nd. Every Wednesday is Deadcenter, Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1612

August 11th, 2019

Week of August 12, 2019

Part 1 23:59
Joe Craven & the Sometimers 3/2/19 KPFA Performance Studio, Berkeley CA
SHADY GROVE->
I KNOW YOU RIDER

Sabertooth Plays Dead
DARK STAR

Part 2 31:55
Grateful Dead 8/20/80 Uptown Theatre, Chicago IL
JACK STRAW
LOSER
BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE
RAMBLE ON ROSE->
EL PASO

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Cap hosts their first ever live podcast with Last Podcast on The Left on Sunday, August 18, with topics including Jeffrey Dahmer, Jonestown, iconic hauntings, and more. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit deliver a night of gritty Americana on Saturday, September 14. Lucinda Williams celebrates the 20th anniversary of Car Wheels on a Gravel Road on Friday, September 20. Every Wednesday is Dead Center at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1611

August 4th, 2019

Week of August 5, 2019

Part 1 20:38
Dead & Company 7/5/19 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
COLD RAIN AND SNOW
COLD RAIN AND SNOW (REPRISE)->
BERTHA

Part 2 35:06
Dead & Company 7/5/19 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
RAMBLE ON ROSE
MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP->
CASSIDY

The weather hit Folsom Field hard early in the first set of July 5, 2019. After the rain let up, Dead & Company returned to the stage and revisited the end of “Cold Rain and Snow,” then went on with the show. Bob Weir later announced that the band would forego their scheduled set break, and they played the rest of the show in one long session!

Dead & Company live recordings are available in a variety of formats from livedead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Hot Tuna play electric on August 15; Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit play their fearless Americana on September 14. Lucinda Williams honors her groundbreaking album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, on September 20. And Elvis Costello & The Imposters play October 29 and 30, followed by Phil-o-Ween with Phil Lesh & Friends on October 31 and November 1 and 2. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1610

July 28th, 2019

Week of July 29, 2019

Part 1 26:53
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
SPACE->
THE WHEEL->
BLACK PETER->
SUNSHINE DAYDREAM

Part 2 28:17
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE
Dead & Company 7/5/19 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
SPACE->
CASEY JONES

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Cap welcomes Larry King, iconic radio and television journalist, for an interview with Peter Shapiro on Wednesday, October 2. Stories and behind-the-scenes observations on some of the biggest names in media, politics, and pop culture. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1609

July 21st, 2019

Week of July 22, 2019

Part 1 27:20
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
SUGAR MAGNOLIA->
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Part 2 28:01
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
ESTIMATED PROPHET->
DRUMS

Brown Eyed Women 6/28/19 The Abbey, Orlando FL
BROWN-EYED WOMEN

Brown-Eyed Women is an all-female Grateful Dead band that made its debut with a six=show Florida tour in June. Stay tuned for more!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Flaming Lips play their psychedelic rock with The Claypool Lennon Delirium on Tuesday, July 30. We celebrate Jerry’s birthday on Thursday, August 1 at Garcia’s with live music by The Garcia Project and a Gallery Experience of Jerry Garcia’s Art. Hot Tuna play electric on Thursday, August 15 with the David Bromberg Quintet. It’s Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 on Friday, September 20, celebrating the 20 year anniversary of “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

A Heyday Hootenanny in Berkeley July 28

July 17th, 2019

A HEYDAY HOOTENANNY
Sunday, July 28, 6pm
Heyday Books, 1808-A San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

It was Steve Wasserman who introduced me to Jim Page‘s music back in the 1970s. I was a young singer-songwriter out to change the world by persuasion, and there was Steve, out to change the world by more direct means. And here’s Jim Page, who embodies both our approaches. He’s been persuading and inspiring for decades, and also putting his ass on the line in the streets.

Jim and I met at the High Sierra Music festival around 20 years ago, in a late-night songwriters circle. We’ve played gigs together occasionally in the intervening years. I adapted his wonderful lyric to “Down to Eugene” to fit a fingerpicking tune of mine (which earned me a compliment from Jorma Kaukonen that I will treasure to my dying day); it’s on my album The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best and it’s one of the most popular numbers in my solo repertoire.

When Heyday Books moved into its current location in January of 2019, Steve posted a photo of his new conference room and made a crack about having me christen it with a song. That planted a seed in my mind that took a few months to bear fruit: why not do a ‘house concert’ in that room, for the benefit of Heyday as well as for the musicians?

Songwriters are always looking for venues that are interested in original music and/or ‘listening rooms’ as opposed to dance halls. I thought, a book publisher would be a great setting for an evening of conversation and original song. And given Heyday’s focus on California, I thought a series featuring California-based songwriters would make sense.

I sent a note to Steve outlining the idea, and he responded enthusiastically; we made a date to meet.

The night before our meeting I got an email from Jim Page, asking about the possibility of playing a show together the last week of July. ‘Your timing is perfect,’ I replied. ‘I am going to see Steve Wasserman tomorrow to talk about doing a ‘house concert’ at Heyday. How about you and I do that?

California-born, Seattle-based Jim Page has recorded 22 albums and toured in 14 countries. His songs have been covered by Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan, Roy Bailey, The Doobie Brothers, The Moving Hearts, Michael Hedges, Leftover Salmon, and many others. “The political and social awareness of those times was a part of all artistic expression,” he says, and it has stayed that way in Jim’s music ever since.

Page moved to Seattle in 1971 and performed in the streets an in the folk clubs. According to his web site, “In 1974, after being threatened with arrest for singing on the street without a permit, Jim took on the Seattle city government to… legalize street performing. He sang his testimony to a packed council hearing, and the streets were opened by unanimous decision. It was a landmark case and Seattle is now an internationally famous city for buskers of all styles.”

Utah Phillips, quoted in Page’s bio: “Jim Page’s songs get right to the point. He looks at the world clearly and reports what he sees with compassion, humor and a biting sense of irony. And boy! can he sing and play.”

Although I am best known for my work as a historian and curator of Grateful Dead music (four books, two national radio shows, and producer of several boxed sets and compilation albums), I have been writing and performing my own songs for fifty years. The first thing I ever played on the guitar was a song I wrote with my brother, who taught me the chords and set me on the path I’ve been on ever since.

I came up in that time when music was the primary cultural currency of the youth movement, and I have never stopped believing that music can and does change the world. I prefer inspiration and information over coercion.

Opening the show will be a performance by folk legend Barbara Dane and her son, Pablo Menendez. Oakland-based Dane, 92, has been a musician and activist for more than 60 years. Her son Pablo, born in 1952 and a resident of Cuba since 1966, has been an indelible part of many Cuban music scenes for more than fifty years. He is the subject of the 2017 documentary So Near…So Far.”

The evening will be hosted by Steve Wasserman.

All of the participants in this evening are committed humanitarians who have organized our lives around a desire to preserve, protect, and improve this planet and its population for the good of all.

RSVP to emmerich@heydaybooks.com

Here’s a link to the Facebook event

My complete performance schedule is here.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1608

July 14th, 2019

Week of July 15, 2019

Part 1 29:32
Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Rhino)
NEW POTATO CABOOSE (1/24/69)
Dead & Company 6/15/19 Wrigley Field, Chicago
SCARLET BEGONIAS

Part 2 25:17
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
EL PASO
WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE
CASSIDY
DEAL

Disc 2 of the Aoxomoxoa remaster is an amazing collection of intense performances from January 24-26, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom. A terrific package in every way. I love being able to compare the two mixes of the album.

Dead & Company live concert recordings are available in a variety of formats from livedead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. SoulShine will play a special Allman Brothers edition of DeadCenter at Garcia’s on Wednesday, July 24. And on Jerry’s birthday Thursday, August 1, Garcia’s will have live music by The Garcia Project and a Gallery Experience of Jerry Garcia’s Art Collection by StraxArt with Augmented Reality. California’s Howlin Rain play their swampy rock ‘n’ roll with Garcia Peoples and Wet Tuna featuring Matt Valentine on Tuesday, August 6.  Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1607

July 7th, 2019

Week of July 8, 2019

Part 1 21:57
Dead & Company 6/7/19 The Gorge, George WA
HERE COMES SUNSHINE
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 11 (11/11/93)
DEAL

Part 2 33:40
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
HELL IN A BUCKET->
SUGAREE
IT’S ALL OVER NOW
WEST LA FADEAWAY

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On July 20th it’s Almost Queen, A Tribute to Queen, with Black Dog’s tribute to Zeppelin. The Flaming Lips co-headline with The Claypool Lennon Delirium on July 30. Deadheads can celebrate Jerry’s birthday on Thursday, August 1 at Garcia’s with The Garcia Project and a Gallery Experience of Jerry Garcia’s Art by StraxArt with Augmented Reality – one of the largest public exhibits of Jerry Garcia artworks ever assembled. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1606

June 30th, 2019

Week of July 1, 2019

Part 1 23:37
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 11 (11/11/93)
DON’T LET GO
Dead & Company 6/14/19 Wrigley Field, Chicago IL
TO LAY ME DOWN

Part 2 32:04
Dead & Company 6/14/19 Wrigley Field, Chicago IL
BIRD SONG->
JACK STRAW

Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Rhino)
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER (1971 remix)

I was in Chicago for the two Dead & Company shows this summer, and I was blown away by both! The set lists were very much to my liking – and even more important, the playing was amazing! Every song had great singing and playing, lots of musical conversation (especially between John Mayer and Jeff Chimenti!) in the solos and jams.

“To Lay Me Down” is extra special because Mayer played steel guitar on it (and I’m pretty sure this was the first Dead & Company performance of the Hunter-Garcia classic); this “Bird Song” had a whole ‘nother jam at the end, followed by a second reprise and the segue into “Jack Straw.”

Also of note is the wonderful new 50th anniversary edition of Aoxomoxoa. We’ll be exploring the two mixes of the album in the weeks to come, and also sampling the spectacular January 1969 live tracks that make up disc 2.

Enjoy!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On July 20th, it’s Almost Queen, A Tribute to QUEEN w/ Black Dog, a tribute to Zeppelin. The Flaming Lips co-headline with The Claypool Lennon Delirium featuring Sean Lennon and Les Claypool on Tuesday, July 30. Deadheads celebrate Jerry’s birthday on Thursday, August 1 at Garcia’s with live music by The Garcia Project and a Gallery Experience of Jerry Garcia’s Art Collection by StraxArt with Augmented Reality. Iconic blues rockers Hot Tuna play electric on Thursday, August 15. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1605

June 23rd, 2019

Week of June 24, 2019

Part 1 39:09
Dead & Company 6/1/19 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
I KNOW YOU RIDER
THE OTHER ONE

Part 2 15:22
Dead & Company 6/1/19 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA
MORNING DEW

Dead & Company live shows are available for download in a variety of formats from livedead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour through July 6. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour through July 6.

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Red Grenadine plays blues and rock with special guests The Horn Dogs at Garcia’s on Saturday, June 29. The Felice Brothers blend folk, Americana, and revivalist roots-rock at Garcia’s on Friday, July 5. The Flaming Lips co-headline a show with The Claypool Lennon Delirium on Tuesday, July 30. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1604

June 16th, 2019

Week of June 17, 2019

Part 1 29:58
Grateful Dead 12/29/68 Miami Pop Festival, Hallandale FL
DARK STAR->
ST STEPHEN->
THE ELEVEN->
DRUMS

Part 2 25:23
Grateful Dead 12/29/68 Miami Pop Festival, Hallandale FL
DRUMS ->
THE OTHER ONE->
CRYPTICAL ENVELOPMENT->
I BID YOU GOOD NIGHT

Grateful Dead (rehearsal) 7/12/76 Orpheum Theater, San Francisco
THEY LOVE EACH OTHER

A somewhat gritty recording of a very powerful performance! Enjoy!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Felice Brothers play Garcia’s on Friday, July 5. Almost Queen recaptures the live energy and precision that is the ultimate Queen experience, along with Black Dog, proudly paying tribute to the mighty Led Zeppelin, on Saturday, July 20. The Flaming Lips co-headline with The Claypool Lennon Delirium  on Tuesday, July 30, and on August 15 it’s electric Hot Tuna with the David Bromberg Quintet. Deadheads can get their mid-week Grateful Dead fix at Garcia’s every Wednesday night at DeadCenter. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1603

June 9th, 2019

Week of June 10, 2019

Part 1 28:39
Dead & Company 5/31/19 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA
PLAYING IN THE BAND
EYES OF THE WORLD

Part 2 26:58
Grateful Dead 5/12/91 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA
HIGH TIME
BLACK THROATED WIND
DEAL

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible this week by:

Steal Your Cruise, a five-day Royal Caribbean adventure hosted by Unlimited Devotion, with special guest David Gans. Steal Your Cruise sails out of Ft Lauderdale November 21-25. Live music and special activities every day! Information and reservations at stealyourcruise.com

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour through July 6. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour through July 6.

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Kruangbin’s blend of soul, surf, and 60s Thai funk comes to The Cap with bassist Karina Rykman of Marco Benevento’s band on Wednesday, June 19. Almost Queen and Black Dog salute tribute Queen and Led Zeppelin on July 20. The Flaming Lips co-headline with The Claypool Lennon Delirium on Tuesday, July 30, Deadheads can get their mid-week Grateful Dead fix at Garcia’s every Wednesday night at DeadCenter. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

New album: HOME SWEET HOME

June 6th, 2019

David Gans, Home Sweet Home – Solo loop improvisations, Spring 2019

Available only on Bandcamp – free, or pay what you want.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1602

June 2nd, 2019

Week of June 3, 2019

Part 1 26:05
Jerry Garcia Band, Let It Rock (Rhino)
SUGAREE
Rich Mahan, Hot Chicken Wisdom (Snortin’ Horse Records)
LOOSE LUCY
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, So What (Acoustic Disc)
SO WHAT (take 1, 12/6/90)

Part 2 29:50
Grateful Dead 5/12/91 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA
PICASSO MOON
ALTHEA
CC RIDER->
IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY
EL PASO

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Pasta Jay’s in Boulder, Colorado. Pasta Jay’s has been a gathering place for Deadheads in Colorado for more than 30 years, and it’s walking distance from Folsom Field! Pasta Jay’s, 1001 Pearl Street in Boulder.

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Phil Lesh & Friends June 11 and 12, with Jorma Kaukonen, Grahame Lesh, John Molo & Rob Barraco. Thai rock and funk trio Khruangbin play their dreamy psychedelic music on Wednesday, June 19. On Saturday, July 20, it’s  Almost Queen, A Tribute to QUEEN w/ Black Dog, a tribute to Led Zeppelin. Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1601

May 26th, 2019

Week of May 27, 2019

Part 1 35:42
Dead & Company 6/1/18 BB&T Pavilion, Camden NJ
DARK STAR->
ST. STEPHEN

Part 2 19:18
The Barton Hills Choir, Dead Songs vol 2
EYES OF THE WORLD
Jerry Garcia Band, Electric on the Eel
THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO

On June 15, The Barton Hills Choir will perform with Rock and Roll Playhouse at Gallagher Way Chicago, 3637 N Clark St., Chicago. It’s a FREE, all-ages show, and it’s right next door to Wrigley Field!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from May 31 to July 6. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Memorial Day Weekend feels like the real start of summer with The String Cheese Incident on May 25, 26, and 27. Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Jorma Kaukonen will play The Cap on June 11 and 12. And on Thursday, August 15, Jorma returns with Hot Tuna Electric and openers the David Bromberg Quintet. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s, The Capitol Theatre’s venue-within-a-venue. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Pasta Jay’s in Boulder, Colorado. Pasta Jay’s has been a gathering place for Deadheads in Colorado for more than 30 years, and it’s walking distance from Folsom Field! Pasta Jay’s, 1001 Pearl Street in Boulder.